For some time now, I have been pondering the idea of "who" I would want to be my administrative assistant if I ever hit the big time – like be a VP or President of some company. Everyday, I see how things could be better. How admin assistants can serve a vital role in helping an executive achieve so much more.
Why don't we use them? Are they just secretary's who are there to fetch this or that, or bring me a cup of coffee? What if we empowered them? Dun. . Dun. . Dun! I know its a novel thought. Roseanne Badowski, Jack Welch‘s long-time admin assistant helped run his office life. He trusted her implicitly. She would sift through his email and he only saw what was vital – everything else she took care of. Ben Arment refers to them as "gatekeepers" there to protect their executives time.
When we empower those around us and entrust them to keep our time, and our schedule precious & value-added, they become so much more than the "coffee-getters". I know who I would want protecting my time, my schedule, as well as partnering with me. Finding these people are crucial to the success of any leader. I see these people going by the wayside. I see executives not utilizing those who sit right outside their doors. Let them help you be a better executive. John Maxwell talks about his admin all the time. He says she runs his life. That's what a great admin assistant does they help you be the best person you can be.
Empower those who work with you each day so that they can help you succeed and they can in turn succeed as well. Don't squander this wonderful gift!
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